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Resistive/Capacitive Sensing Tester (For E-textiles Soft Sensors and More)

A handy-dandy portable device for testing e-textile sensors on the fly. Sometimes your electronics workspace and your textiles workspace are not the same places. You want to make multiple samples and test them, but then you have to carry your whole electronics prototyping kit (laptop, breadboard, crocodile clips, Arduino etc) and do all the setup. …

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Dual-Channel Quadrature Hall-Effect Bipolar Switch Module for Magnetic Encoder

The A1230 is a dual-channel, bipolar switch with two Hall-effect sensing elements, each providing a separate digital output for speed and direction signal processing capability. The Hall elements are photo lithographically aligned to better than 1 µm. maintaining accurate mechanical location between the two active Hall elements eliminates the major manufacturing hurdle encountered in fine-pitch …

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Magnetic Field Measurement Using HMC5883 and Arduino Nano

The HMC5883is a digital compass designed for low-field magnetic sensing.This device has a wide magnetic field range of +/-8 Oe, and an output rate of 160 Hz. The HMC5883 sensor includes automatic degaussing strap drivers, offset cancellation, and a 12-bit ADC that enables 1° to 2° compass heading accuracy. All I²C Mini Modules are designed …

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The Aurora Boxealis – A Color Sensing and Mirroring Project

Introduction Besides looking damned good on an otherwise bland and ordinary desk, this project is about more than just being attention grabbing eye candy.  It’s about demonstrating a small portion of our single board computer capabilities by hooking up a color sensor, RGB light strip, and enclosing it in a nice looking wooden enclosure.  We’re …

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Sensing Humidity With The SHT15

The SHT15 is a digital humidity sensor that outputs a fully calibrated humidity reading. And… because what we are measuring is actually relative humidity, and relative humidity being relative to temperature, the SHT15 has a builtin digital thermometer. This makes things much easier to work with than sensors without a thermometer onboard. You can pick …

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Proximity sensor, gesture and ambient light sensing (ALS) module

The VL6180X is the latest product based on ST’s patented FlightSense™technology. This is a ground-breaking technology allowing absolute distance to be measured independent of target reflectance. Instead of estimating the distance by measuring the amount of light reflected back from the object (which is significantly influenced by color and surface), the VL6180X precisely measures the …

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Temperature Sensing using DS18B20 Digital Sensors

Note: When referring to Arduino below, this works in the same way on the emonTx which is arduino-based. The DS18B20 is a small thermometer with a built in 12bit ADC; it can be easily connected to Arduino digital input. The sensor communicates over a one-wire bus and requires little in the way of additional components. …

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Temperature Sensing with Arduino

As part of the CanSat Primary Mission, we need to measure temperature.  For this our starter kit has given us an Arduino Uno R3 micro-controller, as well as some resistors and an NTCLE101E3 NTC Thermistor. The thermistor is a special kind of resistor that changes its resistance with temperature.  In our case we have an …

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Proximity Sensing Origami Flower using Arduino

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.  In this project, with a little help from an Arduino, you can bring your origami into the 21st century and make it an interactive art! The result shown here uses Bare Conductive paint to give an origami flower proximity sensing powers.  When you put your hand …

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DIY Air Quality Sensing from HabitatMap and Sonoma Tech

High-precision air quality monitors are normally very expensive, but Tim Dye of Sonoma Technology is on a mission to change that.  He’s been working with Michael Heimbinder and habitatmap.org to create a low-cost sensor system that when designed properly and integrated into a software platforms can provide valid data. AirCasting is a platform for recording, mapping, …

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